Being stuck indoors for recess during a rainy or snowy day can be a teacher’s worst nightmare. Don’t fret, as I’ve got 15 inside recess games that can help save your sanity.
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Let Kids Get Creative
Many times our days are filled with academic, and students don’t get the chance to be creative and come up with their own ideas. Here are a few ways to let kids use their imagination.
Crafts – get out all of the googly eyes, pipe cleaners, glue, construction paper, and more to let kids create whatever they want. If you haven’t seen these Kwik Stix yet, they work like paint but a lot less messy!
Playdoh – Kids always enjoying making things with Playdoh. It’s an easy activity to get out quickly for those days when you find out about inside recess last minute.
Writing Center – Believe it or not, but your students will ask if they can play with your center activities. My students loved using my writing center. During recess they had more freedom to create cards, letters, drawings, or anything for friends or family.
Coloring pages – Sometimes it is nice for kids to just sit quietly and color. You could even do a coloring contest for added fun.
Small Group Inside Recess Games
Board Games – Possibly the most popular activity to do during inside recess, are board games. It’s a great way to let your kids work together and get a little competitive too.
Card Games – Grab a deck of cards and your kids can play an endless amount of games. War and Uno were some of my students’ favorite games.
Legos/Blocks – All kids enjoying building things, whether it’s with legos or blocks. This is another quick and easy recess activity to get out.
Bowling – Have you seen these small bowling kits? I’m sure you’ve seen ideas to use these for subtraction games, but they also make great inside recess games.
Puzzles – Puzzles are a great way for students to work on problem solving, teamwork, and concentration.
iPad Games – Kids love using iPads, so search for a few fun games that are allowed for inside recess. Also, check out these 10 Kindergarten apps I’ve used in the past. If you need some more ideas, my digital task cards seem like games to kids, but they pack in a lot of learning too.
Whole Group Games
Heads up 7 up – This is an old school game, but still a kid favorite.
Dance Party – A quick, easy, and no-prep activities is to throw a dance party. Simply get on iTunes and pull up some kid friendly songs and let your kids get all that energy out.
Simon Says – How well can your students follow directions? Play Simon Says and you’ll quickly find out.
Brain Breaks – Help students get the wiggles out with brain breaks. Cosmic Yoga, Go Noodle, or my personal favorite, Fluency & Fitness are great options. When you subscribe to Fluency & Fitness, there are videos that include over 350 skills, or just use the power workouts for a typical brain break.
Bingo – You can find so many BINGO games on Amazon from letters, numbers, sight words, and more. Fun + learning!
What does your class like to for inside recess?